Navigating the Literary Submission Process

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Navigating the Literary Submission Process

Join editor Katy Carl to learn how to navigate the literary magazine process from submission through acceptance to publication.

By Catholic Literary Arts

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Monday, April 3 · 5 - 6:15pm PDT



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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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So you've been writing fiction, poetry, or essays for a while, but aren't sure how to start sending out your work, or how to interpret what's happening when you do?

Join us for a walk through what to expect in the literary magazine submission process. Learn to advocate for your own, un-agented journal submissions: choosing publications to send your work to, crafting your cover letter, understanding Submittable, tracking your progress, knowing how and when to follow up with an editor, and more.

Rejection slips are a time-honored rite of passage, but as you collect them and continue to bounce back, you aren’t alone. Demystify the myth of the art monster, and learn to make literary magazine submission a routine, together with CLA member, novelist, and magazine editor Katy Carl.

Katy Carl, editor in chief of Dappled Things magazine, is author of As Earth Without Water, a novel (Wiseblood Books, 2021), Praying the Great O Antiphons: My Soul Magnifies the Lord (Catholic Truth Society, 2021), and Fragile Objects, short stories (Wiseblood, forthcoming 2023).

Her work has appeared in Church Life Journal, Fare Forward, Windhover, Notre Dame magazine, Vita Poetica, Belle Ombre, Across the Margin, Exposition Review, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, Evangelization & Culture, Angelus, Psaltery & Lyre, Sostenuto, Mom Egg Review, Genealogies of Modernity, St. Louis magazine, the National Catholic Register, and the Mid/South Anthology, among others.

She is a senior affiliate fellow of the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society through the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction at the University of St. Thomas—Houston. Her short story collection is forthcoming from Wiseblood Books in 2023.

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  • lecture
  • discussion
  • Q&A

About the organizer

We celebrate our Catholic tradition and the arts that spring from that dynamic seed. We offer all people of good will the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow with like-minded writers, students, and appreciators of written words that honor the Trinitarian God.

In our mission, we sponsor the Catholic Poetry Society of Houston, the Fearless Catholic Writing Camp, and Fearless Catholic After-School Programs.

We also host monthly meetings of writers, publishers, and editors associated with the Catholic arts scene. We host mini-retreats combining spiritual reflection and the arts. We invite you to join us! All of our events retain a deep awareness of the spiritual patrimony and treasures of the Church.